Bobby Broom

Upper West Side Story

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Frank Alkyer, Downbeat

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Guitarist Bobby Broom is one of Chicago?s true musical treasures. He?s lived in the Windy City since the early ?90s, and his influence is felt throughout the Chicago music community. Some may have caught him playing with Sonny Rollins over the years, which is a treat. But when he?s not on tour, Chicago?s the place to see him at one of his regular, not-to-be-missed weekly gigs?Tuesday nights at the Green Mill with the Deep Blue Organ Trio or on Wednesdays at Pete Miller?s in Evanston with the Bobby Broom Trio. Both groups give you reasons to believe. Before you make that pilgrimage, get your hands on a copy of Upper West Side Story, the Bobby Broom Trio?s latest, tasty, take-no-prisoners recording. Broom takes a little different tact this go-round, offering nine original tunes that he composed and arranged as an ode to his New York City roots. ?D?s Blues? introduces the band?s intentions, swinging hard and cool at the same time. Drummer Kobie Watkins kicks it off with a drum roll that?s passed to a soulful bass riff by Dennis Carroll. Then enters Broom?all taste, technique and tone. ?Major Minor Mishap? is a crazy, wonderful experiment in mixing major and minor progressions and scales into a single tune, and it actually works. ?Fambroscious? pays homage to Broom?s long-time friend and colleague, the late Charles Fambrough, in a fitting, blistering style that would make the bassist smile. Then there?s the ballad ?When The Falling Leaves?,? which closes the program. It just shimmers. Throughout the disc, Broom and company deliver a musical honesty that?s rare. He knows who he is as a player and composer, and he invites you into his world. It?s one part tradition, one part modern, one part in and one part out. It?s like a story about someone who?s taken the road less traveled and has something deep to say about that journey.






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